Steve Hovan

  • ProfessorSteve Hovan

    • Office: Weyandt 306A
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    • Office Phone: 724-357-5625


    • BS, University of Michigan – Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    • PhD, University of Michigan – Oceanography: Marine Geology/Geochemistry

    Courses Taught:

    GEOS 103/104 – Oceans and Atmospheres
    GEOS 370 – Oceanography
    GEOS 371 – Meteorology
    GEOS 441 – Carbonate Geology Field Workshop

    Professional Interests:

    Scientific Ocean Drilling, Evolution of ancient wind systems, atmospheric dust, Earth Science Education, and, of course, SpongeBob Square Pants

    Current Projects:

    Long-term projects include several studies to identify and track the latitudinal position of the inter-tropical convergence zone.  I'm also involved with several campus initiatives involving energy sustainability including natural gas usage, building energy monitoring, recycling, etc.

    Selected Publications:  (Full CV)

    •, 2018. Phone application to view, track, and submit environmental conditions related to abandoned and orphaned oil/gas wells in Pennsylvania (technical publication).
    • Lynch-Stieglitz, J., Pratigya J. Polissar, A. Jacobel, S. Hovan , R. Pockalny, M. Lyle, R. Murray, C. Ravelo, S. Bova, V. Castro, A. Dunlea, H. Ford, J. Herzberg, C. King , A. Maloney, J. Shackford, K. Wejnert and R. Xie, 2014. Glacial-Interglacial Changes in Central Tropical Pacific Surface Seawater Property Gradients Paleoceanography 30, 423–438,
    • Albani, S., et al. (including S. Hovan ), 2015. "Twelve thousand years of dust: the Holocene global dust cycle constrained by natural archives," Clim. Past, 11, 869-903, doi:10.5194/cp-11-869-2015.
    • Ford, H., Ravelo, A., and Hovan, S., 2012,  "A Deep Eastern Equatorial Pacific Thermocline during the Early Pliocene Warm Period, Earth and Planetary Science Letters," 255-356,152-161,
    • Woodard, S., Thomas , D., Hovan, S., Röhl, U., Westerhold, T., 2011. "Evidence for Orbital Forcing of Dust Accumulation During the Early Paleogene Greenhouse," Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12, Q02007
    • Stancin, A.M., Gleason, J. D., Hovan, S.A., Rea, D. K., Owen, R.M., Moore, T.C., Jr., Hall, C.M., Blum, J.D., 2008. "Miocene to Recent Eolian Dust Record from the Southwest Pacific Ocean at 40° S Latitude." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 261, pp.218-233
    • Ziegler, C.L., Murray, R.W., Hovan, S.A., and Rea, D.K., (2007). "Resolving Eolian, Volcanogenic, and Authigenic Components in Pelagic Sediment from the Pacific Ocean," Earth and Planetary Science Letters 254, pp. 416-432
    • Hovan, S. A., 1995. "Late Neogene Atmospheric Circulation Intensity and Climatic History Recorded by Eolian Deposition in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific," Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 138: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 615-625.
    • Hovan, S. A., Rea, D. K., Pisias, N. G. and Shackleton, N. J., 1989. "A Direct Link between the China Loess and Marine d18O Records: Aeolian Flux to the North Pacific," Nature, 340, 296-298.